An interesting exploration of meditation as practised by modern day druids. There are some interesting insights and suggestions for readers to explore but the greater part of it is somewhat obvious to anyone with any imagination. My copy is correctly spelled on the book spine but it is still a shockingly poorly edited book. Full of spelling mistakes with redundant commas scattered throughout, it became an increasingly irritating read, especially as the bizarre commas constantly interrupted reading flow. Hope someone bothers to clean it up for the next imprint.
This is a really useful book for anybody interested in meditation and, whilst set in the context of druidry, you can apply these meditations in your daily life whatever your spiritual persuasion. And the author writes in a very straightforward and engaging style, encouraging you to try the meditations out for yourself.The only thing that stops me giving it 5 stars is the dis-service done to the author by the poor standard of proofreading. I can't recall the last time I read a book with so many spelling mistakes, even on the spine which has the title as Druidr and Meditation!
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Good teachers are rare and should be celebrated. They are rare because it is not often that knowledge, understanding, the desire to explore, and the ability to convey all this with enthusiasm and authority are combined in one person. This is the book of a good teacher.
The subject matter - western meditation - is one that is rarely treated to more than a brief chapter or essay. This is a shame as it is an important aspect of Druidic and other pagan practice and one that is neglected simply because there are so few good teachers who understand it, who can guide others into the practice to the point they feel confident enough to explore for themselves.
The point about practice being something one must do for one's self is well made in the introduction to this work and the author tackles the perennial problem of whether one can learn this of thing from books head on with sound arguments and common sense.
And having done that, she proceeds to unravel the mysteries of meditation as practised by Druids in an open, straightforward and easy to understand fashion. This is not only because she understands the subject, but also because she is a good writer. The two don't always go together. Here they do, and the book is not only informative, it is a joy to read.
The subject is set out logically, moving from basics toward more complex aspects. She starts with the body and moves in progression through heart and mind to spirit and then explores how to work alone and in groups, following different methods. The ways in which meditation can be integrated into ritual are also examined. At each stage everything is clearly explained and exercises are offered to help the reader get going.
As someone who has been Druid for a very long time and who has used meditation a lot, I have nothing but praise for this book and only wish it had been available forty years ago. Be that as it may, it is available now, and I urge anyone who takes their Druidry in the least degree seriously to get this book. It is an essential addition to any Druid's bookshelf. Furthermore, it is sufficiently broad in its scope to be attractive to any practising pagan looking for a way into forms of meditation that sit easily with their beliefs and their work with the Land.
Celebrate this teacher. Celebrate this book.
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I was given this book as a gift and have used it many times over the years. This is a fantastic book for anyone who is interested in meditation, it gives a non-prescriptive, down to earth approach which is accessible for everyone regardless of which spiritual path you are on. A real antidote to other books on this subject which are often written in a 'my way or the high way' fashion, this one is an empowering, inspiring breath of fresh air.
This is an excellent book which I would happily recommend to anyone interested in meditation. Although aimed at those interested in Druidry, much of what the book offers would be of value to those who come from other backgrounds. Nimue sets out very clearly at the beginning the nature of meditation and the practical considerations. As is the way in her non-fiction books, she suggests options, allowing the reader to consider how best to integrate meditation into their life. The following chapters then look at a particular area of meditation, such as Meditation for the Body or for Spiritual Purposes. Along with her thoughts and experience on each area, Nimue provides a wonderful range of meditation practices/exercises with practical suggestions on how to adapt these as necessary. I will be coming back to these in my own meditation practice time and time again. It would be great to have some of these available as guided meditations on audio. So, excellent book, one which both beginner and experienced meditator can treasure.